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A Tribute to Mom

by Kim Robinson

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever”

(Psalm 23:6, ESV).


While Dad hovered over my brother’s every move in Little League, my mom took charge of her timid, gangly daughter with gentler hands.

She sprinkled my girlhood with lessons that offered opportunities for life skills. She broadened my horizons with swimming, diving, tennis, and typing (keyboarding). When I indicated interest, she also opened the door to nature classes, riding lessons, and skiing. Many a parent would have left a shy bookworm like me at the library in a comfy corner with a book, but in her wisdom, Mom introduced the world to me.

Decades later when I parented two small children on my own, Mom identified my gift with words and enrolled me in a writing course.

I’ve been writing ever since.

Jesse overlooked his youngest son David and left him with the sheep when Samuel sought to anoint the next king (1 Samuel 16).  His brothers disparaged him and his dad forgot about him. Yet, someone had opened doors for him, for he rose as an accomplished and confident musician, songwriter, and warrior. David’s reputation stirred a man in Saul’s court to recommend him to the king. His abilities as a warrior and inspired leader put him at the head of troops.

Thousands of years later, we still read Psalm 23:6a (ESV),  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” To see what follows us, we have to look back. Reflecting on my life, I see the goodness and mercy my Lord poured over me through my mom. And I cherish the fruit of that investment when my words encourage others.

So, let’s take a moment to consider the years of God’s goodness and mercy. Who has spoken life into your writing? Who has opened doors for you? Embracing those gifts in gratitude blesses us. God believes in you. His goodness and mercy follow after you, creating a place in his house for you as his writer.


Father, your goodness and lovingkindness wrap around my life. Thank you for investing in me as your writer. Amen.


Kim Robinson

God is moving, and He wants us to notice. That is author Kim Robinson’s passion, whether for
agnostic or believing readers, middle schoolers, or octogenarians. A retired teacher, Kim currently
lives in Oregon, where she is delighted to serve the Lord as a writer, copy editor, and encourager of

One thought on “A Tribute to Mom by Kim Robinson”

  1. I am thankful for each person who has encouraged my writing. Family, friends, and strangers have spoken or written words of encouragement about my writing. Those words give me inspiration and determination to continue writing messages that will hopefully lead people closer to God. 🙂

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